From a legislative point of view, one of the purposes of the Water Framework Directive (Directive 2000/60/EC, updated in 2008/105/EU) is to promote sustainable use based on a long-term protection of available resources, ensuring its good ecological status. Reuse will undoubtedly contribute to maintain this balance, as well as the possibility to increase water flow of surface water bodies. Similarly, the definition of treatment processes consuming less chemicals and energy as well as producing less waste but maintaining/improving final water quality, will contribute to the Millennium Development Goals, in particular in ensuring environmental sustainability.
In the researchprogrammes, water reuse will contribute to industrial leadership, one of the objectives of Horizon 2020 (new funding programme), reinforcing Europe’s competitiveness, saving costs in industrial processes, allowing Europe’s economic growth.
Moreover, the LIFE WIRE project would indirectly contribute to the following actions favored by LIFE+:
- Diffusion and implementation of technologies and practices for decreasing water abstraction, consumption and increasing reuse of water.
- Tools for tapping non-conventional water resources (such as water reuse, aquifer recharge, rainwater harvesting, marine freshwater streams).
- Development of innovative urban wastewater treatment systems.
- Development of innovative and cost-effective technologies for the improvement of the quality of drinking water.